Government critic Crudo Ecuador calls it quits following ‘threats’

Feb 21, 2015 | 2 comments

The Facebook page Crudo Ecuador (Raw Ecuador), dedicated to political satire and one of the main reasons why president Rafael Correa initiated a social-media battle in the country, announced on Thursday that it is shutting down, including the associated website and Twitter accounts.

Image from Facebook page Crudo Ecuador

Image from Facebook page Crudo Ecuador

The administrator of the site, who remains anonymous to the public, makes this decision after claiming a threat against him and his family. He shared that strangers sent a bouquet of flowers with an anonymous note to him, in which they include his full name, details about his wife and children, and “warn” that he is being watched as long he continues with his “not so appropriate” activities.

“After feeling so much pressure and harassment by the government towards me, a citizen who simply exercised his right to speak in a space where, according to the law, we can still do it, I have decided withdraw from the battle initiated by you, Mr. President. Feel victorious, you won,” reads the statement released in Crudo Ecuador’s Twitter and Facebook accounts.

However, the statement emphasizes that President Rafael Correa did not “win the battle,” because of his constant attacks on him, or thanks to his war against government critics on social networks: “You won, but because I withdraw.”

“I withdraw because I cannot stand the harassment, this pressure of being investigated, persecuted, and wanted as criminal, just because of expressing an opinion and doing humor, and because you will never be able to understand how a citizen can have hundreds of thousands of followers by using only the head, not the wallet.”

Finally, the site manager thanked his followers for their support: “I hope you understand that in a country where human rights are violated publicly, I can’t go on.… One is too tiny in front of state power.”

Crudo Ecuador attached a photograph of the bouquet and the note he received during the carnival holiday, which reads:

“It’s good to have the opportunity to greet and congratulate you on such a beautiful family, your wife … and what to say about your two beautiful children … With satisfaction I must confess that it is my pleasure that you are in the province of Guayas, enjoying a well-deserved holiday, which will bring a moment of relaxation to you, which means a parentheses to so much stress that your ‘not so appropriate activities’ demand. Believe me, you will always have our interest and attention, as long as your courage lasts.”

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